But of course Patricky Freire has thoughts on Michael Chandler and his ‘bull(expletive) show’

We all know where Michael Chandler stands when it comes to his stoppage loss to Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus 14 months ago, but not everyone agrees with his assessment.

And we don’t just mean Primus.

Primus and Chandler, as we know, met at Bellator NYC in June 2017. Primus was declared the winner via TKO after an injury kept the then-champ from continuing, but Chandler has repeatedly questioned the validity, arguing that the injury was self-inflicted.

Primus, in turn, believes Chandler’s injury was a result of his actions and strategy, and he’s lamented that his career’s biggest win was somewhat obfuscated by the debate around Chandler’s injury.

For all the figurative battles that have taken place outside the cage since, a literal one has failed to materialize. The two were actually scheduled to meet at Bellator 197, but Primus withdrew due to injury, and Chandler ended up fighting Brandon Girtz instead.

Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) is hoping to change that – as he’s recently made very clear. And while Chandler (18-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) didn’t respond directly, another Bellator lightweight made sure to chime in on the division’s “hostage” situation and question Chandler’s most recent win in the process.

Enter Patricky Freire (via Twitter).

It’s the Chandler bull(expletive) show again. How long is the division gonna be hostage? Funny thing people dismiss the loss to Primus even knowing now it was a result of the kick, but praise Chandler for the Girtz finish that came after a freak injury. And Girtz was outstriking him.

Chandler didn’t hit the reply button on both Primus and Freire’s Twitter jabs but did post a tweet of his own indicating that his return now hinges on a “formidable opponent” saying yes. Earlier, he’d responded to a tweet about Primus saying that “it’s hard to make a part-time fighter step into a cage.”

It feels so good to be training hard and making gains…can’t wait for a formidable opponent to step up so I can go out and put on a show for you guys again! #wherearethey

It’s not that surprising that “Pitbull” (19-8 MMA, 12-7 BMMA), who’s had two losses to Chandler, took it upon himself to throw a jab the ex-champ’s way. Both he and brother Patricio haven’t exactly hidden their feelings about Chandler; recently, Patricio called him “one of the biggest PED users” and linked the ex-champ’s decision to re-sign with Bellator to the UFC’s relationship with USADA.

Chandler doesn’t seem to be a fan of the brothers either – or, as he’d call them, the “jealous Pomeranian sisters.”

Chandler and Primus remain unbooked, though MMAjunkie has learned that the organization has plans for the fight at an unannounced event on Dec. 14. Freire, in turn, is set to meet Roger Huerta at Bellator 205 later this month.

UPDATE: Freire could not resist a response to Chandler with this tweet.

Excuses and more excuses. You put this front, but you’re afraid of losing to Primus again and terrified by the idea of losing to me. That’s why you want someone else. Play games all you want, but I’ll make you have to fight me and give you the beating of a lifetime.

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